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CED’s Breakfast Forum on Postsecondary Education

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, CED hosted its annual Breakfast Forum as part of the Annual Meetings that took place at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York, NY.

The breakfast event featured Dr. Richard Arum, Professor of Sociology and Education, New York University, and author of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. Business leaders, academics and policy advocates gathered together for a discussion about Arum's book and the state of the American postsecondary education system. In his remarks, Arum claimed that postsecondary educational institutions are too heavily invested in maintaining and improving student satisfaction, and that their focus on improving non-academic aspects of students' experience is detrimental to student learning. He called on colleges and other postsecondary institutions to rise to the challenge of ensuring students graduate with the ability to think critically, stating that their success is vital to a strong and stable US democracy.